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Hi.

Does AHA works similar to salycilic acid?

From what I understand:

AHA cleans the top layer of the skin

BHA cleans beneath the skin

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Both can help lift out acne lesions - they do work somewhat differently though. AHA exfoliates the surface of the skin, which can help loosen acne impactions under the skin. It needs to be used regularly over a period of time to see these effects (i.e.; it doesn't work as a spot treatment).

Salicylic (or BHA's) supposedly penetrates into the pore better, due to the molecule size and the fact that salicylic can pentrate through the oil in the pore. Personally, I've gotten better results from AHA's than BHA's. There are several different kinds of AHA's - glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acid being the main ones used. My skin has responded well to all of them - particularly mandelic. Mandelic actually shares some properties of both AHA's and BHA's and seems to be better and penetrating the pore than glycolic or lactic acid. It is also antibacterial, antifungal and helps lighten redmarks and hyperpigmentation.

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